ISSUE #92

History of resistance and the black press


Biko 40 years on: A Symbol Beyond His Lifetime


“Death can itself be a politicising thing.”

Power play: how could SA media portray a female president?


Women in politics is contaminated by hegemonic masculinity

Axis and Revolution: Gabeba Baderoon compiles her fourth collection of poetry


“Poetry is not always pretty but sometimes it brings us close to beauty.”

Lessons from KPMG: be on guard, South Africans are on your case


Everyone in South Africa is paying for the sins of KPMG

We Cannot Be Silent: Multi-media exhibition offers space for healing and hope


Honouring the lives of girls and women in South Africa

Human rights reflected through art


Art and Human Rights: An exhibition

Legalizing Othering: The United States of Islamophobia


Legislating the exclusion of Muslims through state and federal policy

Pathways to Free Education


Taking the university beyond the ivory tower

Eskom and the mythology of black empowerment


Disturbing the heroes vs bad guys narrative

ISSUE #92

Welcome to the October edition of The Journalist


In this edition we are beginning to review 2020 and anticipating 2021. This year has been dominated by the Covid 19 pandemic and the impact the Lock Downs have had on our lives. While Covid 19 is by no means over, a key event in 2021 will be the 30th anniversary of the Windhoek Declaration on Press Freedom in May 2021.

We therefore have contributions that reflect on what press freedom may be in the light of the persecution of Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange, and, with the increasing inequality in the world in the midst of the Covid pandemic, the challenges faced by journalists to give voice to experiences outside the ideological mainstream.

We spotlight a first-hand account of a doctor at the forefront of the struggles against Covid 19, a community voice telling us about the dire state of hunger and thirst in the Eastern Cape and an account of international solidarity of a South African studying in the US.

Our Book Review honours a recent revisiting of Toussaint L’ Overture, the leader of the Haitian Revolution – the only successful slave revolution in modern history. The longer Academic section features a comic-book style account of the Three C’s confronting us today – Covid, Capitalism and Climate-change.


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